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PSYCH 325: Detroit Initiative

Fall 2021 taught by Professor Cathryn Fabian

Keep in mind...

The major databases for local area statistics (see the listing on the page in this guide, "Other Data Sources - Databases") will include some variables on the topics of crime, education, health, etc. Follow up on the specific variable source information as needed for more information.

Keep in mind that most of the surveys and data sources for specific topics (aside from the ACS) will not cover smaller geographic areas like census tracts.

Education Data

The American Community Survey includes statistics on educational attainment.

For data on schools, the National Center for Education Statistics is the federal agency that compiles and distributes information.

The State of Michigan maintains the MI School Data portal site; further information is available from the Michigan Department of Education. See the Education Map page to find data on a particular school or district/

Crime Data

The FBI collects and publishes crime statistics through the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Geographic area availability is by state, county, and police jurisdiction or city.

This data is available directly from the FBI, and is also re-packaged in a number of different resources:

For additional information about crime statistics, see the research guides for Crime Statistics - Finding Data & Statistics, and also Criminal Justice Data & Statistics (MSU Library).

Health Data

The American Community Survey includes some health variables such as health insurance coverage, fertility, and disability status.

The primary federal agency that collects health statistics is the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The relevant state agency is the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. At the county level is the Wayne County Health Department.

The Detroit Health Department makes health data available in the City of Detroit Open Data Portal and also maintains a COVID-19 Dashboard

Try PolicyMap for health data. In the Reports section, there is a Community Health Report option.

See the Health Statistics Guide for additional links and information.